Cub Scout and Boy Scout Ceremonies

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Akela's Arrows Advancement

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Preparation:Two leaders - Akela and Baloo - probably Cubmaster and Advancement Chair.
Notes:This ceremony is good for a pack meeting where you are trying to catch any advancements that were not completed with the rest of each den or were not available to be recognized.
It recognizes one or more boys at Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos ranks.
Script:Baloo: Long ago, Akela had to pass a test to prove himself worthy of becoming chief. All the braves of the tribe were given four arrows each. These were special arrows, once they had been used they would shatter. Each brave promised to only eat food they had caught themselves. The brave who stayed out the longest would become chief.

Akela: I walked far from camp and stopped at the side of a clearing. I waited all night for a deer to come by. I took careful aim and shot. It provide me with food for many days. It's hide provided me with clothing.

Baloo: This showed that Akela had learned the basic skills he needed. It also showed the virtue of patience. The rank of Bobcat indicates the Cub Scout has learned basic cub scout skills.
I would like the following boys that have earned their Bobcat Badge to come up and join us by the campfire. Your parents will join you later.
(announce names and wait until they have all arrived)

Akela: I walked along the trail near the stream. There, I came upon a friend laying in the trail. He had used up all his arrows and was starving. I saw a bobcat in a nearby tree. I wanted to save my arrows for bigger game, but my friend was starving. So, I shot the bobcat and cooked it for my friend.

Baloo: This act of caring showed Akela had learned the value of friendship and that he was unselfish. The Wolf badge indicates the Cub Scout has learned new things as he travels the trail of Scouting. These new Wolf scouts should be come up to the campfire.
(read names and wait for them)

Akela: As I followed the trail by the stream, I came face to face with a huge wolf. It growled and started running toward me. I strung my bow, took careful aim and, when he was near, I shot and killed him. He provided me with food for many more days. His warm coat provided me with shelter from the cold nights.

Baloo: Staying calm and having steady aim showed that Akela is brave. This is also why the Pack honors the Cub Scouts at the next level of accomplishment with the Bear badge.
I would like these new Bears to join us now.
(read names)

Akela: The meat from the wolf lasted for many days, but soon I had to continue on to search of more food. I came upon a bear that had just killed a dear. The bear saw me and ran off. I was hungry, but I had promised to only eat food I had killed, so I continued on.

Baloo: By remembering his promise and being honest, Akela demonstrated that he is trustworthy. To earn the Webelos badge, the Cub Scout must learn the Boy Scout law which includes being Trustworthy.
These Webelos should join us now.
(read names)

Akela: I was now many days from camp. I needed food to give me the strength to make it home or I would die. So, I tracked the bear I had seen before. I took my last arrow, took careful aim, shot, and missed. I was scared because I had no food or arrows. As I turned and started back to camp, I prayed to the great spirit for strength and guidance. Suddenly, I saw the arrow; it was still whole. I followed the bear's trail again. I took aim and shot him. I now had enough food to return home.

Baloo: Akela learned that sometimes even the strongest, bravest, most skilled scouts need to ask for help. We all need help sometimes, even these cub scouts that have just advanced. Their parents provide that help. So, will the parents please come up and stand behind their sons.
(wait for all to arrive)

Baloo: Pack, please stand. Join me in congratulating these fine scouts! (Applause)

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American Symbols

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:A slideshow may be used: statue of libery, american flag, declaration of independence, liberty bell, log cabin, Uncle Sam, eagle
Notes:this ceremony can be used for all cub scout rank advancements.
Script:As Americans, we are fortunate to have many historic symbols that represent freedom. Tonight I would like to tell you a little about some of these symbols as we honor scouts advancing along the Cub Scout Trail.

The Statue of Liberty towers 305 feet above Liberty Island in New York Harbor, welcoming people of other lands to become citizens of our country. The statue was given to the United States by France as a token of friendship. Each year, about 2 million people visit Miss Liberty. The inscription at the base of the statue was written by Emma Lazarus, and reads in part:
    Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

There is a golden door to Scouting that is open to all boys. By walking through that door, a boy has an opportunity to grow in many ways and learn about citizenship, character, and physical fitness. The boys who wish to walk through that door to Scouting tonight are [list names of Bobcat candidates]. Will you and your parents please come forward. (Distribute Bobcat patches and welcome scouts. Scouts are seated.)

Our American flag is much more than the red, white, and blue cloth of which it is made. It is the symbol of America. It stands for the past, the present, and the future of our country. When we show respect for the flag, we are showing respect for all that is America, our land, our people, our way of life. When the 13 original colonies set out to become a free country more than 200 years ago, their men and women needed a rallying point, a flag.
"We will take the stars and blue union from heaven", George Washington is reported to have said, "red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes to emphasize our new independence. The white stripes shall represent liberty."
Respect for the flag is one of the requirements for the Wolf rank. Tonight we have some scouts who have completed all of these requirements. I would like the following scouts and a parent to please come forward. [list names, distribute patches, return to seats.)

The Declaration of Independence is the document that called for a free America. It was on July 4, 1776, that the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and announced the separation of the 13 colonies from England. In America, we have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people - not just for some of them, but for all people - the people to whom the Declaration of Independence refers when it says, "all men are created equal" not equally talented or equally rich, but equal under the law and under God. All Scouts have an equal opportunity to advance in rank and earn badges. The following scouts have earned arrow points as Wolf Scouts. (list names, distribute arrow points, return to seats.)

One of the most beloved of our freedom symbols is the Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell was rung in 1776 to announce the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. During the British occupation of Philadelphia, the bell was hidden beneath the floor of the Zion Reformed Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Sixty years later, as the bell was rung during the funeral of Chief Justice John Marshall, it cracked. Since that time, it has been on display in or close to Independence Hall, Philadelphia, for all Americans to see. The bell is old, but the crack is plain to see, along with this inscription: "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land. .."
What Makes America Special is one of the 24 achievements from which a scout may choose to earn the Bear badge. The following scouts will receive this badge tonight. (list names, distribute patches, return to seats.)

The log cabin is a freedom symbol, not only because it represents the many colonists who helped settle this country, but because it is associated with one of the most famous Americans of all time, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln had less than 1 year of formal schooling. He taught himself by reading borrowed books. Many people do not know that Lincoln was a powerful wrestler, runner, and weight lifter. This tall, lanky man worked as a store clerk, a postmaster, a surveyor, and lawyer. Lincoln believed in freedom. His famous Gettysburg Address began: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." We would like to honor now the scouts who have earned arrow points as Bear Scouts. (list names, distribute arrow points, return to seats.)

Uncle Sam originated as a cartoon character many years ago and has become one of the best-known symbols of the United States. Imagine how many thousands of schoolboys have portrayed the part of Uncle Sam in school plays. Think of how many millions of young men have answered Uncle Sam's recruiting call, "I want you" and have helped defend the freedom of America in time of war. The following scouts have earned Webelos activity badges. (list names, distribute pins, return to seats.)

Another symbol of American freedom is the eagle, with wings outspread in protection of our birthright of freedom. The eagle has been the national bird since George Washington took the oath of office for the presidency in 1789. Many years ago, Indians climbed high mountains to reach the peaks where coveted eagle feathers could be found. Indians used these eagle feathers as badges of rank. Today Scouts work hard and long to reach the highest rank of Scouting, the Eagle.
It is never easy to reach those high peaks. It takes time, and effort, and sacrifice. But when you finally reach the top, you'll find it was worth the effort. The following scouts have reached the top rank in Cub Scouting by earning the Webelos rank. (list names, distribute patches, return to seats.)

We are proud of all our freedom symbols, and we are very proud of all the scouts who received awards tonight. They are on their way to becoming worthwhile citizens of tomorrow. As President John F. Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

Do you scouts ever wonder what you can do for your country?
Well, if you do, I'll tell you where to start.
Whatever game you choose to play ... play fair!
Whatever you hope to be... be true!
Whatever road you choose to take... take care!
Be proud you're an American ... and that's a great way to start doing something for your country.

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Basic Flag Closing

Intended for:All Scouts
Script:(leader assembles color guard in back of room or offstage so they are ready. You may only have flag bearers, 2 or 3 scouts following, 2 in front and 2 behind, or any crisp formation depending on number of scouts in color guard.)

Leader: "Color Guard, Attention! "

Leader: "Audience, Please Rise! "

Leader: "Color Guard, Forward March! "
(wait for color guard to reach the front)

Leader: "Color Guard, Halt! "

Leader: "Scout Salute! Please put your right hand over your heart if you are not in uniform."

Leader: "Color Guard, Retrieve the Colors! "
(wait for flag bearers to pick up their flags)

Leader: "Color Guard, Return to Ranks! "
(Scouts not carrying flags turn around so they are facing the audience. Wait for flag bearers to return to formation)
(US Flag is on the far right facing the audience, then state flag, then troop flag on far left.)

Leader: "Color Guard, Forward March! "
(wait until color guard reaches back of room)

Leader: "Color Guard, Halt! "

Leader: "TWO! "
(everyone drops salute.)

Leader: "Audience, Thank you for joining us. "

Leader: "Color Guard, Dismissed! "
(flag bearers should immediately put the flags away before starting to play with the other guys. )

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Basic Flag Opening

Intended for:All Scouts
Script:(have the scouts offstage, ready holding the flags. The US Flag is on the right, then State flag, then Troop flag on the far left.)

Leader: "Color Guard, Attention!"

Leader: "Audience, Please Rise!"

Leader: "Scout Salute! Those not in uniform, please place your right hand over your heart."
Leader: "Color Guard, Forward March!"
(wait for color guard to reach the front)

Leader: "Color Guard, Halt!"

Leader: "Color Guard, Cross the Colors!"
(State and Troop flags stop. US Flag crosses in front of other flags to left-most flag stand, then State flag advances, then Troop flag. Wait for flag bearers to move to the flag pole stands)

Leader: "Please recite the Pledge of Allegiance!"

Leader: "TWO!"
(Everyone drops salute)

Leader: "Scout Sign!"
(Everyone raises right hand making the Scout sign or Cub Scout sign)

Leader: "Please join us in reciting the [Scout Law, Scout Oath, Cub Scout Promise, Outdoor Code, ...]!"
(this is where the ceremony can be customized by the color guard. Choose what to recite. Could sing a song such as 'America the Beautiful'..)

Leader: "TWO!"
(Everyone drops Scout sign)

Leader: "Color Guard, Post the Flag of the United States of America! "

Leader: "Color Guard, Post the Flag of the Great State of [your state name]! "

Leader: "Color Guard, Post the Flag of [Pack/Troop] 123! "

Leader: "Color Guard, Honor your Colors!"
(Flag bearers salute the US flag)

Leader: "Color Guard, return to ranks!"
(wait for flag bearers return to formation)

Leader: "Audience, Please be seated!"

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Bear Rank - Cherokee Legend

Intended for:Bear Scouts
Script:The Cherokee tell a legend of a boy who lived in one of their villages. The boy used to leave home and spend his days wandering in the mountains. At first, it would be for only a few hours at a time, but as the boy grew older he would be gone longer and longer. Eventually he was leaving before dawn and would not return until after dark.

His parents were concerned with this behavior. He would not even eat at home. They noticed that long, brown hair was beginning to grow all over his body. They finally asked him why he preferred to be in the woods.

"I find plenty to eat there, and it is better than what we have to eat in the village," he replied. "One day soon, I will leave and not return. If you like, you are welcome to come with me."

His parents decided to discover what he was doing in the forest. The next day, they went with him as he trekked up the mountain. He took them the places where he found shelter. He taught them the ways he had learned to hunt. He showed them his water holes. The parents were impressed with all their son had learned and how self-sufficient he had become. As they stayed with him, they began to notice that the same long hair began to cover them as well.

You, too, have become a Bear. Over the year you have learned many skills, and you have begun to become more independent. You have begun to change. You rely more on yourself or your den mates. But your parents are still welcome to share your adventure, and as you change, they change and grow as well.

You have mastered many skills and achievements to reach this level, and tonight we commend you on your accomplishments.

[Present Bear rank patch to parent to pin on his/her son's uniform.]BR>
Congratulations! Let’s all give a great bear growl!

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Bear Rank - Chipmunk's Stripes

Intended for:Bear Scouts
Script:Akela: Long ago, the animals had tribes just like the people. One night, Porcupine sent out a message requesting all the animals to come together for a great council of the tribes. At the Council meeting, Porcupine stood up. His quills quivered and gleamed in the firelight. 'We must decide,' he said, 'whether we shall have night or daylight all the time.'

Baloo: All the animals began giving their ideas all at once. It was deafening. Bear rocked to and fro on his hind legs, trying to drown out the others by rumbling in a big deep voice, 'Always night! Always night! Always night!'

Akela: A little chipmunk who had been sitting on the outskirts of the Council meeting became annoyed. (Chipmunks hate to sit still for any time.) 'You can talk all you like,' he shrilled out in his tiny, squeaky voice, 'but the light will come whether you want it or not. The light will come.'

Akela: The other animals did not pay any attention to him, but went on roaring and growling until they were hoarse. Finally, they agreed that night all the time would be better. And, so it was decided. Chipmunk danced with excitement on the outskirts of the Council meeting shrieking, 'The Light Will Come! The Light Will Come!'

Baloo: But, Bear, who was close to him, growled, 'Quiet, little one! It is decided.'

Akela: But, as the council was ending, a faint flush had crept up in the sky, and the golden disc of the sun rose above the tree-tops. Could it be possible that it was daylight whether they wished it or not? A shrill voice suddenly piped up from the edge of the assembly. 'What did I tell you?...'

Baloo: 'Roooooar!' Bear slashed at the bothersome Chipmunk with his huge paw. Luckily, Chipmunk was very fast and Bear's claws barely scratched his little back. He was gone like a flash through the trees and into a hole in a tree before Bear could catch him. But, the black stripes that run down the chipmunk's sides today show where Bear's claws hit him long ago at that Council meeting when the animals tried to decide whether they should have darkness or daylight all the time.

Akela: Just as Bear left his mark on Chipmunk, we are here to honor Cub Scouts who have left their mark on this pack. On their way to learning about their self, their family, their country, and God, they have taken part in many activities in the pack.

Akela: Call these new Bear Scouts and their parents forward so I may honor them.

Baloo: Will the following Cub Scouts come forward with their parents?

(Baloo names the boys who are to receive the Bear badge.)

(Akela hands the badge to the parents.)

Akela: Parents, present the Bear badge to your son. As is our custom, please attach the badge to his uniform upside down, with the tape. Once he performs a good deed, the badge may be permanently attached right side up. The pin is worn by the parents as an indication that Cub Scouting continues to be a family activity.

Baloo: These boys deserve a cheer for their hard work. What could be more appropriate than a Bear growl?

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Bear Rank - Origin of the Bear Clan

Intended for:Bear Scouts
Notes:This story can be acted out. Characters are the father, mother, son, two bears, and several hunters.
Script:Our ancestors, the natives who walked these lands before men came from across the seas, tell the story of a young family. As they did every year, a man, his wife, and their boy were travelling with their clan to the hunting grounds. They paddled as far as they could with their canoe, but they came to a point where a great portage was necessary. A portage is where one must carry the canoe from one lake or river to another. This particular portage was the greatest along the route, a 20-mile walk.

The man hefted the canoe on his back while his wife carried as many of their belongings as she could. The rest were left lashed in the canoe, making the man’s burden a heavy one. As they both struggled along their walk, the little boy laughed as he followed by their sides, playing and running circles around them without a care.

With the canoe on his shoulders, the man did not notice when his wife stopped briefly to rearrange her load. She and the boy fell behind, but they kept along the same path. The next time she stopped, her son ran along ahead to meet up with his father. She assumed that they were together, but her husband was far enough ahead that the boy had become lost, as she learned only when they reached the next camp. The clan searched, but found no trace of her boy.

As the months passed, the hunters reported that from time to time they had found sharpened sticks by nearby streams. They began to wonder if the boy was alive in the woods. As they began to find the footprints of a boy mixed with those of bears, they guess that he might even have been adopted by a bear family.

The men of the village determined to search the area where the prints had been found. However, after they had gone, the boy’s mother spotted one man who had not joined the search but instead was catching fish in the stream. "Will you not help find my son?" she asked. "He is my only child."

"Very well," the man replied. He gathered the fish he had caught and carried them off into the forest. Finding a bear cave, he used the fish to lure the bears away. Once they were gone, he entered their lair and found the young boy curled up in the corner, scared and alone. The man returned the boy to his family, and the boy’s mother wept with joy to be reunited with him. The rescuer was lavished with many generous gifts for his efforts.

Looking him over, the boy’s mother found that he was no worse off for his time living with the bears. However, his arms, legs, chest, and back had grown hair as if he was becoming a bear himself. His limbs were becoming thicker, and he stooped forward a bit. In fact, the rest of his life he continued to show these characteristics, and he and his descendants were forever known as the Bears. Wherever they camped, they would draw the symbol of the Bear with charcoal and declare, "I am a member of the Bear clan".

Today you too become a full member of the Bear clan. You have met the requirements to become a Bear, learning many new skills along the way. Although your back may not be very hairy, you have been forever changed by your experience.

I now give your parents the mark of the Bear (the bear rank patch). Wear it, and you may also say that you are a proud member of the Bear clan. Parents, please pin it on your son's left pocket.

[parents pin on badge]

Let’s all congratulate our new Bears with a great Bear growl!

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Bobcat - Cub Scout Promise

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:Six older scouts (preferably Webelos)
Six cards showing the parts of the Promise that each Scout will read
Script:Cubmaster: I would like these new Bobcats to please come forward with their parents - [read names]

You recently joined the Cub Scouts and our Pack, searching for fun and adventure. Along the way, you will also learn the ways of the Cub Scouts. I understand you have all learned the Law of the Pack, the Cub Scout Motto, and more. Perhaps most importantly you have learned the Cub Scout Promise.

Scout #1: I PROMISE - A promise is a commitment that must be fulfilled. A Scout is trustworthy and follows through when he gives his word.

Scout #2: TO DO MY BEST - A Scout will fulfill the Promise the best that he can. That means that a boy is not expected to do more than he is capable of. It also means that he will do everything that he is capable of.

Scout #3: TO DO MY DUTY TO GOD - A Scout seeks to understand and carry out his responsibility to God through reverence and service according to his beliefs.

Scout #4: AND MY COUNTRY - A Scout learns his rights and responsibilities as a citizen. He honors those who serve or who have served our country. He demonstrates respect for the flag and other symbols.

Scout #5: TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE - Scouts learn to cheerfully serve individuals through daily good deeds. They participate in service projects and serve as leaders in their community.

Scout #6: AND TO OBEY THE LAW OF THE PACK - The Law of the Pack instructs us to listen to our leaders and to join cheerfully at work, at play, and in learning with our brothers. The Pack depends on the Scout and the Scout depends on the Pack.

Cubmaster: Do you all agree to follow this Promise? If so, answer "I do".

Scouts: "I do."

Cubmaster: I congratulate you on earning your Bobcat awards. Parents, you may pin your son's Bobcat patch on his left shirt pocket.

Congratulations on the first rank on the Cub Scout trail! May you earn many more! (Give Cub Scout handshake.)

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Bobcat Badge

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:campfire prop - optional
badges and pins or tape for affixing to uniform
Script:Akela: The spirit of Cub Scouting burns here as it does in the hearts of Cub Scouts everywhere. The Cub Scout spirit is like a campfire. We must add wood to the fire or it will go out. In the same manner, we must add new boys to our pack, or the Cub Scout spirit will go out.

Baloo: We have (number) boys who have earned the right to join our Pack.

Akela: Are they ready to join in the Cub Scout spirit?

Baloo: Yes, and they have learned the ways of our tribe. They have learned the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout Motto and their meanings. They have also learned the meaning and proper use of the Cub Scout Sign, Salute, and Handshake. They know the meaning of Webelos.

These are the boys ready to join our Pack. When I call your name, come forward with your parents ...
(Baloo calls the boys who are to receive the Bobcat badge.)

(Both Akela and Baloo hand the badge to parents and congratulate the Cubs with the Cub Scout handshake)

Akela: Parents, present the Bobcat badge to your son. Attach the badge to his uniform upside down. Once he completes a good deed, the badge should be permanently attached right side up. The parent pin reminds you that Scouting is a family program.

Akela: Will the new Bobcats join Baloo and me in saying the Cub Scout promise?

All: I, _____, promise to do my best
to do my duty to God and my country
to help other people, and
to obey the Law of the Pack.

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Bobcat Howl

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Script:Parents of new Bobcats are called to the front while their sons are sent outside with their Den Leader or an Assistant Cubmaster. When ready, the scouts give the howl of the Bobcat - Hear It Here

Akela: I hear a calling from the wilderness outside our Pack. It sounds like a Bobcat! Shall we answer with the call of the Wolf? (Pack howls like wolves - Hear It Here. This is the cue to bring in the Bobcats.)

Akela: Who comes here?

Den Leader: Boys, hunting for the fun and adventure of Cub Scouting.

Akela: But, whom do you seek?

Den Leader: We seek Akela, the great Spirit of the Cub Scout.

Akela: Are these boys wise in the ways of the Bobcat?

Den Leader: They are, Akela.

Akela: Show me.

Den Leader: Show Akela what you have already learned. Raise your arm
in the Cub Scout Sign and say the Cub Scout Promise. (They do.)

Den Leader: Say the Law of the Pack. (They do.)

Akela: I can now call you Cub Scouts because you have completed the requirements necessary for your participation in this great Brotherhood we call Cub Scouting. Tonight you have repeated before me the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack. You have assumed a very important responsibility.
You have agreed to "Do Your Best" when doing your duties, helping others, and obeying the law of the pack. These are things which are not always easy, but I think you will enjoy them. All that we ask is that you really do your best. Do you agreed to do your best? (Wait for answers)
Good! Please let your parents pin your bobcat badge on your uniform.

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Bobcat Investiture

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:Participants: Cubmaster, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Boy Scout
Script:Cubmaster: (center stage) I would like all scouts of every rank that have already earned their Bobcat awards to join me on stage. Please make a large circle, holding hands.

(Cubmaster moves to a corner of the stage) Now, all Bobcat candidates please join me here with their parents.

Cubmaster: Recently, you made the decision to join the Cub Scouts. You were seeking fun and adventure, and I hope you have begun to find them.

The first step in your Cub Scout journey is the Bobcat award. To earn this, a Scout must learn the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, the Cub Scout Motto, the Cub Scout Salute, the Cub Scout Handshake, the Cub Scout Sign, and more. You have met these requirements and are now ready to join our brotherhood. Your journey will take you many more steps from here along your trail to the Arrow of Light, and perhaps even to Eagle Scout.
Hear what awaits you on your trail.

Tiger: Tiger Scouts Search, Discover, and Share.

Wolf: Wolves learn about outdoor skills, sports, nature, their families, their country, and more.

Bear: Bears get to earn their Whittling Chip card!

Webelos: Webelos begin camping on their own and learn to become more independent in preparation for Boy Scouts.

Boy Scout or adult Eagle Scout: As a Boy Scout, you learn to live the Scout Law. A Scout fulfills his duties, helps others, and is physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Cubmaster: Congratulations on your achievement. As I call your name, please accept your award and come inside our circle as you are part of our Scouting family. (Have one or more scouts actually hand out the awards as the Bobcats enter the circle.)

Parents, your participation in Scouting is critical. This is a family program and you are partners with your son on this journey. He will look to you for guidance, inspiration, and leadership. Please pin his award on his left pocket. The parent pin is yours to wear proudly to demonstrate your pride in his accomplishments.

Please welcome our new Bobcats with a growl!

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Cub Scout Flag Collection

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Script:Whatever ceremony you attempt, these guidelines will help make it go smoothly:
  • Who will carry the flag?
  • Who will be the color guards and what formation will they make?
  • Who will give the directions for the ceremony?
  • What song will be sung? Who will start the song?
  • Who will say or read any extra parts?
  • After the Pledge of Allegiance, will the Scout Law, Scout Oath, and/or Outdoor Code be recited?
  • In what order will the parts of the ceremony take place?
  • When will the group practice?
  • Where will the flags be placed at the end of the ceremony?

Remember these points of U.S. Flag etiquette:
  • The U.S. Flag is always displayed to the far right of other flags, or in the center and higher than all others.
  • The U.S. Flag is displayed in a stand to the speaker's right as he faces the audience in an auditorium.
  • The U.S. Flag is raised briskly and lowered slowly.
  • When posting flags in stands, the U.S. Flag is always the last one posted and the first one lifted.
  • When raising flags on flag poles, the U.S. Flag s always the first one raised and the last one lowered.
  • The U.S. Flag should not be carried flat or horizontally.
  • The U.S. Flag should not touch anything below it, should not have anything placed on or above it, should not be used to cover anything, and should be kept clean.
  • When displayed after dark, the U.S. Flag should be illuminated.
  • When no longer suitable for display, a U.S. Flag should be burned in a special flag retirement ceremony.

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Flag in a Kettle

(stage is set with a large kettle and campfire. Inside the kettle and against one side is a folded flag out of sight of the audience.)
(you may use a different scout for each line or two scouts taking turns.)

Scout: Tonight we're going to fix for you a treat that's really grand and make for you a recipe : the Grandest in the Land.

Scout: In first we'll put a heaping cup of red for courage true.
(pours in container of red paper cut in small pieces)

Scout: And then we'll add for loyalty a dash of heavenly blue.
(Pours in container of blue paper cut in small pieces)

Scout: For purity we'll now sift in a layer of snowy white
(pours in container of white paper cut in small pieces)

Scout: We'll sprinkle a pinch of stars to make it come out right.
(pours in a small container of silver stars)

Scout: We'll stir and stir and you will see that what we've made is Old Glory.
(pulls out flag, unfurls it with partner, and posts it on standard.)

Scout: Our flag is the most beautiful flag in the world. Let's always be loyal to it. Everyone please stand and give the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

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Flag and Candles

  • 1 U.S. Flag
  • 1 white candle
  • 1 blue candle
  • 1 red candle

Speaker: Since countries were first formed, man has used symbols to express hope, ideals, and love of his own nation. Our flag symbolizes the sacrifices made by men and women for the future of America. It stands for your home and everything and everyone you hold dear.
Speaker: 'I light the red candle for the red stripes in our flag, standing for hardiness and valor and symbolizing the lifeblood of brave men and women.'
Speaker: 'I light the white candle for the white stripes, symbolizing purity and perfection.'
Speaker: 'I light the blue candle for the field of blue which is the symbol of perseverance and justice, and the eternal blue of the heavens.'
Speaker: 'Please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance.'

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Chivalrous Knights

Equipment: have scouts make cardboard swords and shields in den meetings prior to pack meeting.

Announcer: Hear ye! Hear ye! The Kingdom of Cub Scouting requests your presence before the Royalty of the Land!
(Royal trumpet sounds)

Announcer: Prepare for the entrance of the Chivalrous Knights.
(Scout procession enters carrying shields and swords and den flags.)

Announcer: Knights! Hold your swords at attention while the flag of the United States is advanced.
Audience, please stand and salute the flag.
(Honor guard brings flag forward to post)

Announcer: The flags, shields, and banners of kings were symbols of the monarchy. Fleur-de-lis, lions, trees, and castles symbolized purity, courage, and strength.

Our banner has three colors and stars as symbols.
Our colors show red for bravery, white for purity, and blue for loyalty.
The stripes stand for the original thirteen colonies and the stars stand for all the states.

Knights and friends of the kingdom, please join in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Eagle Feather

Intended for:All Scouts
Required:Faux eagle feathers, one for each Scout
Script:(scout names), please come forward with your parents.

You see that I hold here a feather. This is not just any feather, but represents that of an Eagle, the most respected of all creatures. The eagle is most beloved by the Great Spirit because it represents life and how all things are divided into two parts.

The eagle, you see, has only two eggs at a time. Likewise, there is man and woman. People have two hands, two feet, and two eyes. We each have a body and a soul. There is also day and night, light and dark, summer and winter, war and peace, life and death.

We smell good scents and foul odors, and we see beautiful and distasteful sights. We hear pleasant sounds and dreadful news. We use our hands for good deeds, or bad.

We have before us two paths. Scouting encourages us to follow the way of good – of bravery, service, honor, and brotherhood. We also may choose selfishness, laziness, mean spirit, and deceit. That choice belongs to each of us.

On your journey, you have chosen the Scouting way, and through your work you have earned the _____ rank. Wear the patch you receive proudly. I also present to each of you a feather of your own. When you see it, remember what it represents, that we face choices every day which path we will follow. Stay true, and continue on your trail of the Eagle.

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Four Directions

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:4 scouts
Preparation:Place each scout at a different corner of the meeting place, matching east, west, north, and south.
Script:Cubmaster: O Great Spirit, bring forth the four winds.

East: I am East. From me comes the sun each day, with its light which all living things need. Just as I am the first direction, cub scouting begins with the Tiger.

South: I am South. From me come heat and rains, so all living things might have warmth and water to drink. Just as I am the second direction, cub scouting's second step is the Wolf.

North: I am North. From me come cold and snow, so all living things might experience coolness and the beauty of winter. Just as I am the third direction, cub scouting's third step is Bear.

West: I am West. To me the sun comes at the end of each day, giving the world darkness so all living things might rest. Just as I am the last direction, so Webelos is the last step of cub scouting.

Cubmaster: Brothers East, South, North, and West - will you lead us in the Law of the Pack?

(4 scouts raise the Cub Sign)
East: "The cub scout follows Akela."
South: "The cub scout helps the pack go."
North: "The pack helps the cub scout grow."
West: "The cub scout gives good will."

(The four winds are dismissed by the Cubmaster)

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Iktomi's Spider web

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:Weaving frame
Weaving shuttle
Preparation:Begin with several strings tied across a frame, meeting at a central point.
Script:(While telling the story, weave a web in and out of the cross strings using a shuttle, working from the outside in)

Would the following Scouts and their parents please come forward?
(call off names)

The story is told that long ago an old Lakota climbed the highest mountain to seek spiritual enlightenment. While there, he had a vision of the spider, Iktomi, who is known as a teacher of wisdom.

Iktomi began speaking, and as he did, he began spinning a web. Starting from the outside and working inward, he spun around and around in circles.
He spoke of the cycle of life, beginning with infancy and youth, adulthood, and old age, where one might again need to be cared for as an infant, completing the cycle.

Remember that throughout your life, you will encounter many forces. Some are good, and some are not. Those that are good will help you, while those that are bad will hinder you.

You see that the web forms a perfect circle but that there is a hole in the center. Use the web to catch the best ideas and influences. But let the hole (hold up finished web) allow the bad ones to pass through.

It serves us well to heed Iktomi’s advice. You have earned your awards through hard work. You would not have made it this far without following the good influences in your lives.
Every time you see a spider web, remember to catch and keep those good things that come into our lives while letting the bad pass through.

Parents, please pin your sons’ awards on their left pocket flap. Parents, the pin is yours to keep to signal your pride in your sons’ accomplishments.


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Indian Bear to Webelos

Intended for:Bear Scouts, Webelos Scouts
Required:Fire or artificial indoor fire
Indian headbands with feathers for Den Chief and Den Leader
Webelos neckerchiefs, slides, handbooks, caps
Preparation:3 Webelos scouts memorize the 3 Winds parts.
Den Chief, Den Leader, and Akela have speaking parts.
Script:Current Webelos den members come forward and sit in a circle around the fire with the den leader and den chief standing to the side of the circle.

Advancement Chair, Cubmaster, or Bear den leader is Akela.

Akela: Scouts of the Webelos tribe, I know of [number] boys who wish to join your council fire.
Den Chief: Who are these boys that wish to join us?
Akela: They are scouts of the Bear ... [read names].
Den Chief: These Bears may come forward to the edge of our fire to be tested.
(Bear scouts come forward. Beat drum while they are gathering.)

Den Chief: Give the Cub Scout salute.
Den Chief: Show me the Cub Scout handshake. (shakes with each scout)
Den Chief: Wait here. (goes to the Den Leader)
Den Chief: These scouts of the Bear are ready to join the Webelos.
(hit drum once)

Den Leader: Do I hear the South Wind?
South Wind: I am the South Wind. I wish you good Scouting. As Cub Scouts you have been happy, game, and fair, and a credit to your den and pack.
(hit drum once)

Den Leader: Do I hear the East Wind?
East Wind: I am the East Wind. I wish you well. I have spread the story of your fun and happiness as Bobcats, Wolves, and Bears in Cub Scouting with Pack [number], and how you lived up to the Cub Scout promise.
(hit drum once)

Den Leader: Do I hear the West Wind?
West Wind: I am the West Wind. I would like everyone to know that these Cub Scouts going into the Webelos den did not walk the trail of Cub Scouting alone. Each had the help of his parents.
(hit drum once)

Den Leader: What are all the winds saying?
All Winds: (All the winds in unison.) We wish you the best of luck in the Webelos den.

Den Leader: The purpose of Webelos is to prepare scouts for their adventures ahead in Boy Scouts. Each Webelos scout can earn the Webelos badge and Cub Scouting's highest award, the Arrow of Light Award.

Den Leader: Webelos, welcome these Bears into your tribe by putting on their Webelos neckerchief and slide, and cap, and giving him his Webelos Scout Handbook.

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Key to Scouting

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:Very large key cutout painted gold with "Scout Spirit" written on it.
Old key on a string.
Notes:this can be used for any Cub Scout rank
Script:I would like [name of scout] and his parents to please come forward.

The Cub Scout program faces you with many challenges. You are required to attend den meetings and monthly pack meetings. You need to work with leaders and also at home with your parents. In order to achieve the highest rank in Cub Scouting, the Arrow of Light, you must set your goals and work to fulfill them. Many times you may get discouraged because the Cub Scout Trail seems steep and hard to climb.

There is a key to achieving all of the goals you set for yourself. The key to Cub Scouting. Do you know what that key is?
(wait for scout to answer. Then, display the large gold key.)

The key to Scouting is "Scout Spirit." Scout Spirit includes teamwork. It includes fair play and good sportsmanship. It includes that something special that makes Scouts want to be the best they can be at everything they do. This key will unlock the door of achievement, both in scouting and in your everyday life.

Remember, with this key to Scouting - "Scout Spirit" - you can hike up the Scouting trail. This smaller key is a reminder of the Key to Cub Scouting. Let it remind you that doing your best will open many doors. (hang key around his neck.)

You have recently reached an important goal along your scouting path. I am happy to recognize you for earning your [Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos] rank. I will present this award to your parents in token of the help they have given you. They will then pin it on your uniform.
(Wait for parent to attach patch.)

Pack, please stand. Join me in congratulating our newest [Bobcat, Tiger, ...]

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Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:5 neckerchiefs - Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and generic Boy Scout - stapled to tall pole or long broom handle
Preparation:this can be used for any rank, or a running ceremony of all ranks
Script:(leader holds the pole with Boy Scout neckerchief at top and Tiger at bottom)

When a boy becomes a Cub Scout he starts on an upward trail. I say 'upward' because as he grows older he advances in Cub Scouting. He does not join a Cub Scout pack and then wait around for a few years until he becomes a Boy Scout.

As a boy moves up the Scouting trail, his badges of rank and his changes in uniform show his progress. One of the changes in uniform is the neckerchief. These are the five neckerchiefs of Scouting. First is the orange Tiger neckerchief worn by the youngest scouts. Next is the yellow Wolf neckerchief. Then, the blue of the Bear scout. The fourth neckerchief of mixed colors is worn by Webelos scouts. The last neckerchief represents those worn by Boy Scouts, but each troop has it's own neckerchief.

(use the appropriate section, depending on ranks)
(Scouts are called forward with parents)
You are ready to receive your Tiger neckerchief. The orange represents the beginning flame of scouting. An orange flame is not yet hot, but has just started and has huge potential.
To show you have the flame of scouting in your heart, make the Cub Scout Sign...
And, say the Cub Scout Motto:
Do Your Best
(distribute Tiger neckerchiefs and slides to parents)
You are ready to receive your Wolf neckerchief. The yellow shows that the flame of scouting is burning bright in you and you are learning more scout skills. There is also more expected of you as your flame grows.
Please make the Cub Scout Sign...
And, repeat the Cub Scout Promise:
I promise to do my best to do my duty
To God and my country, To help other people,
And to obey the Law of the Pack.
(distribute Wolf neckerchiefs and slides to parents)
You are ready to receive your Bear neckerchief. The Bear neckerchief is blue. Just as a blue flame is very hot, the scouting spirit flame burns hotly in you. Blue also stands for truth, loyalty, and obedience. As you grow into a leader, you must learn that these are important traits.
To demonstrate the strength of your scouting flame, make the Cub Scout Sign and recite the Law of the Pack:
The Cub Scout follows Akela.
The Cub Scout helps the Pack go.
The Pack helps the Cub Scout grow.
The Cub Scout gives goodwill.
(distribute Bear neckerchiefs and slides to parents)
You are ready to receive your Webelos neckerchief. The multiple colors in your new neckerchief are more like fireworks than a flame. You are reaching the very top of the Cub Scout ranks and are exploding with skills, spirit, and energy. You now need to use your scouting spirit to reach the final heights of Cub Scouts and prepare to launch into a Boy Scout troop before you know it.
(distribute Webelos neckerchiefs and slides to parents)

Parents, please remove your son's neckerchief and put his new one in place.

Pack, please join me in congratulating these great scouts!

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New Cub Scout Welcome

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:A burning fire.
A few sticks for each new scout.
Preparation:Prepare a campfire outside or a fake fire inside if you really have to. Have a stack of sticks well away from the fire, but in front of the audience to the right.
Notes:Use this at the beginning or end of your first Pack meeting in September.
Script:Akela: (standing by the stack of wood on the right) At this time, I would like all scouts that are new to Pack [number] to please come up here with me.

This fire represents the life of our Pack. As you can see, it is burning fairly well, but it is beginning to fade a bit. This fire needs new wood, new fuel to burn bright, just as our Pack needs new scouts to be strong and full of life.

I would like each of you to take 2 or 3 sticks from this pile and hold onto them.

Those sticks you have in your hands represent your energy, your eagerness, and your excitement to be part of this Pack. I bet you know what I want you to do with those sticks, and I bet you are very excited to do it! But, think about what will happen.

(Akela should now walk a bit closer to the fire, but still well away from it. The scouts will soon line up in front of him but there may be some jostling.)

When you toss your sticks on the fire, what will happen?
(the fire will burn brighter, the sticks will be burned, ...)
Just as those sticks will make the fire hotter, bigger, stronger, and full of life, having you in our Pack will make us stronger and more full of life.

Before you add your sticks to the fire, decide in your head and heart if you really want to join our Pack and learn our secrets and go on our adventures.

When you have decided to join, come and stand right here in front of me and make a single line behind the scout in front of you.

(As the scouts scramble to make a line, keep it safe.)

After you add your sticks to the fire, stand by Baloo.
(Baloo should be on the left of the fire and makes sure scouts stay well away from the fire)

(When all are finished)
Akela: Congratulations, you are now all part of the life of Pack [number].
Pack, please stand and make the Cub Scout sign.
Join me in the Cub Scout Promise.
Join me in the Law of the Pack.

Now, how about a gigantic Pack [number] cheer for our new scout brothers?

You could soak the sticks in a copper chloride solution so they create blue-green flames when added to the fire. See Campfire Dude for other campfire magic.

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Rank Achievements

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:6 scouts - one that has completed each rank.
large replications of each badge - bobcat, tiger, wolf, bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light.
Each badge has that scout's lines taped to the back.
Preparation:Lay the badges in order on a table at the front of the gathering.
Notes:This is good for a meeting toward the end of the year, such as Blue Gold so you have scouts of every rank. Or, use it at the first pack meeting and invite a past Webelos scout back to do the Arrow of Light part.
Script:BOBCAT: I have learned five new things. I can give the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack. I know what Webelos means. I promise to do my best. I am a Bobcat.

TIGER: My adult partner and I are having fun learning about the world around us and Cub Scouts. We enjoy Searching, Discovering and Sharing. I am a Tiger.

WOLF: I have learned twelve new things. I grew physically and spiritually. I developed habits and attitudes of good citizenship. As I grew in mind and body, I also grew within my family. I learned to get along with others and gained a sense of personal achievement. It is fun being helpful and doing your best. I am a Wolf.

BEAR: I too have learned 12 new things. They required more skill and effort, but were fun and interesting. Many of the things I learned were preparing me to be a Boy Scout. The electives started giving me ideas about hobbies I might want to pursue in life. I am a Bear.

WEBELOS SCOUT: I am learning and understanding the requirements to become a Boy Scout. The Scout Oath and the Scout Law, and the parts of the Scout badge. I am learning about the outdoors through activities and the Outdoor Code. I have earned at least three activity badges. I am a Webelos scout.

ARROW OF LIGHT: I have learned the requirements to become a Boy Scout. I can repeat from memory the Scout Oath and Scout Law. I have earned at least seven activity badges. I have visited a troop meeting and talked with the Scoutmaster. I have been on an overnight campout. I have attained the highest award in Cub Scouting. I am The Arrow of Light.

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Silent Flag

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Required:At least 5 scouts.
U.S. Flag
Flashlight for each Scout in ceremony
Preparation:Before you begin, turn off all lights.
Scouts in ceremony should be seated around flag pole, sitting on the ground.
Script:Each Scout should have a flashlight - if less than 9 scouts, then some have two flashlights and two lines. They will turn on their flashlight, pointing it at the flag immediately before they recite their part of the ceremony. They should keep their light on after they speak.

Leader: Tonight you will hear the words of the Pledge to our country’s flag. Reflect on the words in your heart as you hear them. Please rise and join us in saluting our flag. Place your right hand over your heart; Scouts in uniform should render the proper salute. Please listen quietly.

Scout 1: Turn on flashlight, "I pledge allegiance"
Scout 2: Turn on flashlight, "to the flag"
Scout 3: Turn on flashlight, "of the United States of America"
Scout 4: Turn on flashlight, "and to the Republic"
Scout 5: Turn on flashlight, "for which it stands"
Scout 6: Turn on flashlight, "one Nation, under God"
Scout 7: Turn on flashlight, "indivisible"
Scout 8: Turn on flashlight, "with liberty"
Scout 9: Turn on flashlight, "and justice for all"

Leader: Scouts, please make the Cub Scout sign and join us in the Law of the Pack.
The Cub Scout follows Akela
The Cub Scout helps the pack go
The pack helps the Cub Scout grow
The Cub Scout gives goodwill.

Leader: Two.
(turn on lights. turn off flashlights.)
Please return to your seats.

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Story of Cub Scout Colors

Intended for:Cub Scouts
Tiger kerchief. 
Wolf kerchief. 
Bear kerchief. 
3 small clear bottle - containing water died yellow, blue, and orange. 
3 scouts, dressed in Indian attire. 
A tripod with a large cooking pot suspended over an imitat
Preparation:Leader stands behind cookpot. 3 scouts are offstage.
Notes:A small pot fits inside the large one and contains a yellow Wolf kerchief and a blue Bear kerchief and an orange Tiger kerchief and the awards to be presented. Dry ice may be packed around the small pot to give a smoking effect (smoke increases as water i
Script:Leader: Many moons ago the great chief Akela called a council to see what could be done to make the Webelos tribe the best of all tribes. After many hours he called his three most trusted braves to the council fire. (He pauses as three braves come in and stand, one on each side of their chief.)
Leader: He told the first brave to climb the mountain and ask the great eagle to fly high into the sky and bring back part of the sun. (The first brave leaves.)
Leader: He told the second brave to go to the ocean and ask the salmon to swim far into the ocaen and bring back part of the sea. (The second brave leaves.)
Leader: He told the third brave to go into the forest and ask the fox to dig deep into the ground and bring back some of the earth. (The third brave leaves.)

(All three scouts return carrying bottles - a bottle of yellow water, blue water, and orange water. They take positions, on the side of the fire, and hold bottles up for everyone to see.)

Leader: (Addressing the first brave.) Pour some of the beauty of the sky into our council mixing pot.
(The brave pours the liquid over the dry ice, being careful not to get any in the small pot.)

Leader: (to second brave) Pour some of the beauty of the sea into our council mixing pot. (The second brave responds, and the boiling action increases.)

Leader: (to third brave) Pour some of the beauty of the earth into our council mixing pot. (The second brave responds, and the boiling action increases.)

Leader: From this day forward, blue will stand for truth and loyalty. Yellow will stand for happiness and good cheer. Orange will stand for curiousity and courage.

(Akela stirs the pot, reaches in, and pulls out the orange, yellow and blue Cub Scout neckerchiefs. He holds them open for all to see, and speaks.)
Leader: And that is why Cub Scouts use the colors blue, yellow, and orange. Now let us meet the parents and Cub Scouts who have helped to keep Cub Scouting alive and growing since we last met.
(Akela stirs the pot again and takes the awards from the small pot. The boys and the parents are called forward and the awards are presented.)

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Tiger Wolf and Bear Paws

Intended for:Tiger Scouts, Wolf Scouts, Bear Scouts
Required:black water-based paint
small paintbrush
Script:Leader: When a boy joins our Cub Scouts, he earns the Bobcat badge and starts on an upward trail. This trail will lead him through the ranks of Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and on to the highest award of Cub Scouting, the Arrow of Light. Tonight we are honoring scouts who have made significant advancement along this journey. I would like the following scouts and their parents to come forward. (Read names of Tiger scouts)
I understand that you seek the rank of Tiger, is that true? (response) Please recite the Cub Scout Motto. (response)

Tigers: Do Your Best.

Leader: I can see by your knowledge of the Cub Scout Motto and the achievements that you have completed that you have worked hard along with your parents. You are now ready to become a Tiger scout.

(With paint draw on the back of the Cubs hands the 1st toe) The first toe of the Tiger paw is for your work in making your family special.
(Draw 2nd toe) The second toe of the Tiger paw shows you have learned about where you live.
(Draw 3rd toe) The third Tiger toe says you are keeping yourself healthy and safe.
(Draw 4th toe) The fourth toe stands for your effort in telling stories and communicating.
(Draw the footpad) The pad of the Tiger paw represents your time spent outdoors.
You have finished the requirements to be a Tiger Cub Scout and can continue to move up the scouting trail.
(Present rank badges)

Leader: I would now like the following scouts and their parents to come forward. (Read Wolf names)

Leader: I understand that you seek the rank of Wolf, is that so? (response) Please recite the Cub Scout Promise.

Wolf Scouts: I, ___, promise to do my best to do my duty, to God and my Country, to help other people, and to obey the Law of the Pack.

Leader: I can tell by your knowledge of the Cub Scout Promise and your completed achievements that you have worked hard and put in much effort. These achievements are very important as they have helped you gain a deeper appreciation of many things. You are now ready to become a Wolf Cub Scout.

(Draw 1st toe) The first toe of the Wolf paw is for your growth through feats of skill and having fun with your family.
(Draw 2nd toe.) The second toe of the Wolf paw represents that you have learned about your home, community, country and your religious beliefs.
(Draw 3rd toe.) The third toe stands for the skills you have gained in handling tools, trying new things, and making collections.
(Draw 4th toe) The fourth toe represents your new appreciation for conservation and safety.
(Draw the footpad) The pad of the Wolf paw represents your growth as a Cub and the increased responsibility you are now capable of handling. Wolf Cubs, remember the inscription of this paw. It shows you are ready to continue along the upward trail of Scouting.
(Present badges)

Leader: Would the following boys and their parents please come forward. (Read names)
You are climbing on the trail to the Arrow of Light. Do you desire the rank of Bear? (response.) Then please recite the Law of the Pack.

Bear Scouts: The Cub Scout follows Akela, The Cub Scout helps the Pack go, the Pack helps the Cub Scout grow, The Cub Scout gives goodwill.

Leader: I see that you have worked hard with your parents and Den Leaders to achieve your rank. You are ready to become Bear cubs.
(Draw 1st toe) The first toe of the Bear paw symbolizes your increased understanding of God.
(Draw 2nd toe) The second toe of the Bear paw symbolizes your new knowledge of your country, its folklore and heritage.
(Draw 3rd toe) The third toe shows your increased appreciation of your family.
(Draw 4th toe) The fourth toe stands for your increased understanding of your own self worth.
(Draw footpad) The palm of the Bear paw represents your growth as a Cub, and your ability to take on new challenges and responsibilities. The climb up the Scouting trail is getting shorter, but steeper. Not everyone will finish. Follow the Promise and the Law so that no harm will come to you along the trail.
(Present badges)

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Virtues of the Bear

Intended for:Bear Scouts
Script:(Ask candidate to come forward with his parents and den leaders)

Consider the bear.

The bear is one of the largest and strongest creatures in the forest. Yet, he only uses his strength and ferocity when needed and otherwise is harmless. Like the bear, you must know how and when to use your own strengths and should never bully others.

The bear is ingenious and adaptable – able to catch fish or raid a beehive, or to find food and shelter in many forms. Like the bear, you have learned many skills, and you must apply them appropriately.

The bear is self-sufficient. While bears may coexist with others, they do not depend on them for survival. You will soon be in Webelos, becoming more independent as you grow and mature. You have learned many things during your time with us. Remember those skills and use them wisely, as the time is growing near when you are expected to be able to fend for yourself.

The bear can be nurturing, as a mother bear is with her cubs. She provides food and care while teaching the skills that will be needed for survival. Like the mother bear, pass on what you have learned and help the younger scouts who look to you as an example.

You have completed the requirements for the Bear rank. As you wear the mark of the Bear, do not forget those attributes of the bear that you should emulate.

(present award to parent)

Parent, please pin your son's award on his left pocket. Please wear the parent pin yourself as a symbol of your pride in your son's accomplishment and of how you have helped him along the scouting trail. Please pin on his badge at this time.

(parents pin on badge)

Pack, I present to you our newest Bear Scouts.

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Webelos Buffalo

Intended for:Bear Scouts, Webelos Scouts
Required:Blue, yellow, green, and red tempera paint.
Webelos neckerchiefs.
Red koolaid.
Beef jerky.
Script:AKELA: Many moons ago the Great Chief Akela called a council to see what could be done to make Webelos the strongest of all tribes. The council said, 'We need colors for our braves, to guide them in how they live their lives.' The council talked for many hours and finally decided on the colors that would offer best guidance.

Red to represent blood of warriors that fought to protect us, to make us a great nation, to which a Scout is loyal.
Yellow to represent the rays of sun that bring warmth, good cheer, and happiness, for the Arrow of Light which Webelos strive to achieve.
Green to represent the forest, for the Webelos learn how to be outdoorsmen, to live under nature's canopy of trees. He comes to nature's house to be the naturalist and forester. He swims in the stream to be the aquanaut.
Blue to represent the heavens, the house of God to which the Scout is reverent.

Brothers in the Webelos tribe now wear these colors as they trail the eagle, follow the sun, and keep the spirit of Scouting a bright light.

AKELA: It is time to welcome new brothers into the tribe of Webelos. All scouts wishing to take on the risks, challenges, and adventures of the Webelos tribe, leaving behind their Bear tribe, come forward now.

BALOO: Remove any signs of your old tribe that you are wearing. (Scouts remove their scarves and slides)

AKELA: Becoming a Webelos Scout is a major step on the Cub Scout trail on your way to the Arrow of Light and onto the Boy Scout trail to Eagle. Just as Indian boys became warriors and were painted in the colors of their tribe, we will paint you with the colors of the Webelos tribe.

AKELA: Blue symbolizes the effort you will make to reach your goals along the Webelos trail. You will earn your Webelos badge and compass points. The strongest and bravest will earn the Arrow of Light.
BALOO: Do you accept the challenges ahead of you in the Webelos tribe? (BALOO marks a blue streak)

AKELA: Yellow represents the Pack. Yellow is the color of the sun and will light your way along the Webelos trail. You will help the Pack go and it will help you grow.
BALOO: Do you vow to do your best? (BALOO marks a yellow streak on the other cheek)

AKELA: Green represents the Boy Scout Troop that you will eventually join. Green stands for the tree so that you may stand tall on the Scouting trail. As a Webelos scout, you will spend more time in the outdoors and learn the ways of nature. You will understand animals, plants, and the forces of weather.
BALOO: Do you wish to learn more about these things and grow in your scouting skills? (green mark)

AKELA: Red represents the blood of your Webelos brothers. You are all bound together through struggles and challenges. You will need each other to succeed and you must always be prepared to help each other along.
BALOO: Do you promise to help your fellow Webelos on their trail? (BALOO marks with red)

AKELA: Wear your Webelos Colors proudly while you progress along the Webelos Trail, never forgetting that a tribe grows together.
(BALOO and AKELA put new kerchiefs on each scout and give each one the Cub Scout shake)

AKELA: This is a joyous occasion! A new Webelos tribe has been created and we will now celebrate. Together, we will eat of the buffalo to gain its strength so we may overcome all challenges. Chew on its meat to gain its stamina and endurance so that no hardship can defeat us. Drink its blood to gain its heart so that we remain loyal to our tribe and our beliefs.
(Have a snack of kool aid and jerky)

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